Microsoft Office Professional (2007)
Microsoft Office 2007 (codenamed Office 12) is a version of Microsoft Office, a family of office suites and
productivity software for Windows, developed and published by Microsoft. It was released to volume license
customers on November 30, 2006 and to retail customers on January 30, 2007, the same respective release dates
of Windows Vista. It was preceded by Office 2003 and succeeded by Office 2010.
Office 2007 introduced a new graphical user interface called the Fluent User Interface which uses ribbons and
an office start menu instead of menu bars and toolbars. Office 2007 requires Windows XP with Service Pack 2
or higher, Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 or higher, Windows Vista or Windows 7. Office 2007 is the
last version of Microsoft Office to support Windows XP Professional x64 Edition.
Office 2007 includes new applications and server-side tools, including Microsoft Groove, a collaboration and
communication suite for smaller businesses, which was originally developed by Groove Networks before being
acquired by Microsoft in 2005. Also included is Office SharePoint Server 2007, a major revision to the server
platform for Office applications, which supports Excel Services, a client-server architecture for supporting
Excel workbooks that are shared in real time between multiple machines, and are also viewable and editable
through a web page.
With Microsoft FrontPage discontinued, Microsoft SharePoint Designer, which is aimed towards development of
SharePoint portals, becomes part of the Office 2007 family. Its designer-oriented counterpart, Microsoft
Expression Web, is targeted for general web development. However, neither application has been included in
Office 2007 software suites.
Speech and ink components are removed from Office 2007, since speech recognition and handwriting recognition
becoming a part of Windows Vista. Handwriting and speech recognition work with Office 2007 only on Windows
Vista or Windows XP Tablet PC Edition. However, XP users can use an earlier version of Office to use speech
According to Forrester Research, as of May 2010, Microsoft Office 2007 is used in 81% of enterprises it surveyed
(its sample comprising 115 North American and European enterprise and SMB decision makers).
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